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Wireless illumination

By markst33    
Reshot this - with a clean bulb this time.

Not as easy or as straightforward as it looks. had to get my electrician friend to make me a portable dimmer with socket and plug. Shot against a black background down a black tunnel. And put an arch of white paper over bulb to get that rim lighting effect but it took a lot of moving arch and reshooting to get it right.

Shoot a few versions to get the elements clear and not overly bright to be able to mask them in to see textures.

Then shoot the end of another bulb using the light to light it and combine them in PS. The duplicate layer, flip it, blur it, mask it out partially to create reflection.

About 90mins from start to finish but it looks like the image I had in my head.

All constructive C&C's or tips for improvements most welcome

Tags: Still life Lighting Bulb

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chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
20 Nov 2020 8:30PM
Phew, I applaud your efforts !
Cleverly done, especially using the white arch to create 'rim light' a good result.
I would have liked to have seen the 'reflection' just a little cleaner and not quite as much masked out at the bottom, not too much otherwise the effect would be lost.
My first thought would be to shoot this on a sheet of perspex with a piece of black material under it, then the reflections would be real ones.
A black floor tile would perhaps do it too but I guess with either you would have to watch the lighter reflections of the white arch above...hmmm, tricky Sad

Still a few bits on your bulb but much cleaner than your first effort in your pf.

Taking time and effort to set something up like this is very rewarding and, it's all about the light...literally, I know, I play about with light lots and I love the different effects it can bring to an image.

As this is, I would just attempt to remove some of the larger, very brights bits of debris....I will have a go.
dudler Plus
17 1.5k 1809 England
20 Nov 2020 9:02PM
That's a blog, not a request for critique: so much useful stuff in there for anyone wanting to play similar games!

It's beautifully done: I assume a mirror would have caused various other problems as an alternative to the digital reflection?

My one serious suggestion is to create a little asymmetry, and possibly put that in a square format.
chase Plus
15 2.1k 541 England
20 Nov 2020 9:06PM
I did a mod, cropped a little from the left.
Tidied the bits up, I used the burn tool set to shadows, and the clone tool set to darken...separate layers, of course.
Just copied and pasted the top of the bulb and brought it down to the bottom, reduced opacity so the pasted bit didn't look too obvious, just enough for a hint of the outline.
Reduced brightness very slightly.
I must admit, this looks so much better on the black bg in the expanded view.
dark_lord Plus
16 2.7k 749 England
20 Nov 2020 9:11PM
That's praise indeed from Janet.
Your hard work has paid off, and I have to thank you for poviding such detail. It helps us understand what you did and will be helpful for others to get an idea of what's involved.
And there are some who think Still Life doesn't take any effort. How mistken thwey are.
It looks like you learned a lot about lighting here and that alone is worht it.
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4217 Canada
21 Nov 2020 5:10AM
A nice image, - would be good to have the exif data.

Loaded a mod.

markst33 12 73 2 Ireland
21 Nov 2020 10:45AM

iso 100
Element :1/1000
Bulb : 1/30th
End of bulb : 1/25th

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